News in Brief

Jailed U.S. Lawyer Moved



WASHINGTON -- A U.S. lawyer imprisoned in Belarus has been moved to a correctional facility in Mogilev, in the eastern part of the country, the U.S. State Department said.

Emanuel Zeltser, a U.S. citizen who was born in Russia, was convicted of industrial espionage in August, four months after arriving in Belarus to represent Josef Kay, a relative of the late Georgian businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili.

Zeltser, 54, was sentenced to three years in prison, and the United States has been calling for his release on health grounds. His detention is one of several. irritants in Washington's relations with the ex-Soviet state.

"We continue to call upon the Belarussian authorities to release Mr. Zeltser on humanitarian grounds, and we'll be making another request," a U.S. State Department official said Wednesday. (Reuters)




Turkmen Students Pressed



ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Turkmenistan is pressuring students to sever ties with U.S. citizens and exchange organizations, the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat said Thursday.

The U.S. Embassy said it had registered cases of "students withdrawing their applications to exchange programs, and returnees from U.S. exchange programs being pressured to cut off ties with their American contacts.

The embassy gave no specific examples of pressure being exerted and did not offer any explanation of why it might be occurring.

Turkmen officials declined comment. (Reuters)




Valuev to Fight Holyfield



GENEVA -- Evander Holyfield, at the age of 46, will seek to win back a major heavyweight title when he fights Russian giant Nikolai Valuev for the World Boxing Association crown next month.

The title fight will take place Dec. 20 in the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, arena management announced.

Holyfield has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to Russian boxer Sultan Ibragimov, then-World Boxing Organization champ, a year ago.

Holyfield, who has a 49-9-2 record as a professional, insists he wants to keep fighting until he regains the title again. (AP)